LEARNING RESOURCES @ BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC
[Banned Music - As a part of banned book week]


Books and Scores on display:


Banned!: Censorship of Popular Music in Britain, 1967-92
by Martin Cloonan
ML3492 .C6 1996
Taboo Tunes: A History of Banned Bands & Censored Songs
by Peter Blecha
ML3916 .B54 2004
Shoot the Singer!: Music Censorship Today
by Marie Korpe, editor
ML3916 .S56 2004
Parental Advisory: Music Censorship in America
by Eric Nuzum
ML3477 .N89 2001
Super Fly
by Curtis Mayfield
MP1527.2 .S864 1972
Drug references were deleted from "Pusherman" in Mayfield's April 1973 appearance on Soul Train.
The Lady Sings the Blues
by Billie Holiday
MP1630.H6 L2 1985
Holiday had to release "Strange Fruit," a song about lynching, on a speciality label when Columbia refused to release it. Radio would not touch song, but it became her biggest hit nonetheless.

CDs on display:


Rumble! The Best of Link Wray
by Link Wray
CD 34286
"Rumble," an instrumental song, was dropped by many radio stations out of fear that its title would incite teen violence.
Outlandos D'Amour
by The Police
CD 2321
The BBC banned "Can't Stand Losing You" due to its morbid content, written from the perspective of someone who commits suicide because his girlfriend has left him.
Chubby Checker's Greatest Hits
by Chubby Checker
CD 11485
In January, 1962, Bishop Burke in Buffalo, NY forbade students from dancing, singing about or listening to "The Twist" in any school or parish or at any youth event.
The Best of The Kingsmen
by The Kingsmen
CD 13640
Gov. Matthew Welsh of Indiana deemed "Louie Louie" to be pornographic and asked the state broadcasters association to ban the song.
Unfinished Music No. 1, Two Virgins
by John Lennon and Yoko Ono
CD 15662
30,000 copies of the album, featuring the couple nude on the cover, were seized by police at Newark airport in New Jersey. In Chicago, a record store displaying the cover was closed down by the vice squad.
Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols
by The Sex Pistols
CD 25631-25632
British radio banned "God Save the Queen" for "treasonous sentiments." The single hit No. 2 on the charts anyway, and rumors persist that it had earned the No. 1 spot but the chart was rigged.

DVDs on display:


All 6 Ed Sullivan Shows
by The Rolling Stones
DVD 5099-5100
For the band's January 15, 1967 performace, CBS and Sullivan had demanded that Mick change the lyric, “Let’s spend the night together,” to “Let’s spend some time together.” When the band balked, Sullivan issued the ultimatum, “Either the song goes, or you go.” While performing the song live, Mick did as he was told but rolled his eyes and sarcastically exaggerated the altered line.
Shut Up and Sing
by The Dixie Chicks
DVD 3296
After singer Natalie Maines exclaimed that she was ashamed Pres. George W. Bush's was from Texas, Cumulus Broadcasting quickly banned the Chicks music from its 262 stations and even held an event where listeners were invited to have Dixie Chicks CDs bulldozed.